Coquelin apologises for derby dismissal


Alexis Sanchez salvaged a point for 10-man Arsenal and denied Tottenham Hotspur the chance to go top of the Premier League after a pulsating north London derby ended in a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane yesterday.

Alexis Sanchez scored a 76th-minute goal to rescue a point for Arsenal, which was leading 1-0 when Francis Coquelin was sent off in the 55th for a second booking to spark a turnaround in arguably the biggest match between the teams since the 1991 FA Cup semifinal.
Pochettino was disappointed Spurs failed to hold onto the lead, but felt his team “played much better than them” and took heart from the fact his side maintained their three-point cushion over their fierce rivals.
And he added the equalising goal will give his side renewed confidence.
Liverpool have climbed into seventh place after big wins over Manchester City and Crystal Palace, and are six points behind Arsenal.
“But I think this was a big opportunity to score and show he is back and it’s important for him and the team”.
“Considering my red card I think it’s a great result for us”, he said. It is true in the last few months we have played a lot of games.
Speaking to reporters shortly after his own side’s match, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that “if Leicester win at Watford, they are in a very good position and they don’t depend on other people’s results“. “We’ll stay positive and keep doing what we’re doing”. We just have to get back to winning ways against Aston Villa. “Referees should come into the press conference after the game as wel l. We are questioned, they should be questioned as well”.
“In between it took us a bit but in the heat of the game it is hard”. “I don’t know what to say any more about that”.
We warned him at half-time as well.
But Wenger has praised his players for showing they can handle the negative response from supporters to their poor performances. But he is not a machine.
Spurs had more of the ball in the final stages though Arsenal could have won it, with Ramsey delaying on his shot after running through on goal to allow Kevin Wimmer to perform a last-ditch tackle.
Nearly straight from the re-start, Alli put Mertesacker under pressure, found Kane and the forward advanced five yards before curling in a handsome effort. We have to go on a run again.